Elephant & Jungle Safari
Trip Start Nov 02, 2011
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When I get off the bus at Bardia I’m completely bombarded with people wanting me to go to their hotels, I actually lose the rag a bit and I’m a bit off with them, it was just too much. Anyway on route I’ve checked out a few places and I borrow a phone and call one of the resorts who send someone up by motorbike to get me although while I’m waiting I continue to be surrounded, mostly by kids now that I don’t mind as much
There are a couple of large groups of Nepali staying tonight to celebrate their New Year, the year for them in 2069! It’s weird. Most of them are all from Nepal Ganj which is around 100km away and although I had planned to visit they actually put me off saying it’s not worth going to. They are really good fun, up singing and dancing the whole night and I’m asked up a few times, it’s funny, they are doing their Bollywood moves and I’m trying to follow… I have to say with little success, but it’s a great night.
Meanwhile I arrange with the owner to visit the Elephant Breeding Centre, go on an Elephant Safari and a guided Jungle Walk, in which he will be my guide
We climb the steps of one of the watch towers and although I’ve spotted deer, peacocks, loads of different types of birds and in the distance buffalo and elephant, the illusive tiger has yet to be seen. Thankfully, I am ‘unlucky’ and don’t spot one of the tigers, I would have run a mile, but I’m more relieved than anything else! Next up is the elephant safari, now this is more like it, we’re taken deep into the jungle, there are two elephants each with four persons, I love the movement of them ambling along, grabbing branches on the way for a munch, it’s a slow steady pace and is really enjoyable. It’s mainly birds, deer and monkeys that we see and again I’m a bit relieved although I definitely feel much safer up here rather than on foot with my guide running up trees!
That evening four of the crowd from Nepal Ganj decide to stay for another night, they really are good fun and once again we end up dancing the night away. I enjoy my visit to Bardia, it’s apparently what Chitwan was like 30 years ago and has still all the originality. The owner took me out to the Elephant Breeding Centre and through nearby villages which are very traditional, it’s not tarmac’d or built up like Chitwan is apparently now which is why I decided on Bardia instead and I think a good decision.